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Explora Rapa Nui

Few areas in the world possess a more mysterious past than Easter Island. Rapa Nui (as it’s called by native Polynesian inhabitants) is one of the most isolated places on Earth, about 2,300 miles from Chile in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Endowed with the most intriguing statues in the world, these monolithic stone moai radiate a magnetic pull to this tiny island. Explora Rapa Nui Lodge’s award-winning architecture blends the island’s unique geography and heritage with over 30 different activities that include hiking, biking, fishing and snorkeling. 

These 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-day adventures on Easter Island have strong cultural and archaeological overtones, vary in difficulty, and are led by an expert bilingual local guide in a small group of no more than eight. Explora Rapa Nui programs are unique not only because they access certain key sights from alternative routes, but also because they visit hidden locations others do not get the chance to experience. 

Marvel at the engineering of the different moai platforms, witness true native Polynesian culture in Hanga Roa, discover the volcanic cones of Pui Rano Raraku, catch snapper via traditional fishing techniques learned from local fishermen, bicycle through eucalyptus and ceibo trees to Anakena and Ovahe beaches, snorkel amongst the corals, fish in the crystal-clear water, and hike by archaeological sites and petroglyphs to be rewarded with sunset at Ahu Tongariki.

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Explora Rapa Nui Itinerary

The Explora Rapa Nui Trip explores Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it’s called by native Polynesian inhabitants, which is about 2,300 miles from Chile in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Day 1
Arrive Explora Rapa Nui, Chile

Today you will be picked up from the airport for the 15-minute drive to Explora Rapa Nui. Settle in, breathe in the ocean air and meet with your guide to plan out your activities for your stay.


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Easter Island Exploration

Over the course of your days spent at Explora Rapa Nui, chose from over 30 activities that vary in length and difficulty. Every evening your guides meet with you at the lodge bar or living room area to explain all of the next day’s available explorations and help you choose the best option according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is eight travelers, and a bilingual guide leads every exploration. These excursions are off the beaten path and completely unique, not only by accessing certain key sights from alternative routes but also by visiting completely unknown and isolated locations of remarkable beauty – you will not witness others experiencing the region this way. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days with some top recommended explorations.

Featured Easter Island Hiking Explorations

Ara O Te Moai (moai quarry)

For this easy, 2.7-mile hike, the Explora van takes you to Hanga Te Tenga, an empty platform with groups of moai that were never raised. Then walk by Ara O Te Moai-a trail formerly used by the Rapa Nui people to transport the moai-to find statues abandoned during transportation and others that are unfinished. Then onto Ranu Raraku National Park, the quarry where all the statues were carved for a walk inside the crater.

Ahu Te Peu–Hanga Roa

This moderate, 3.9-mile, 3.5-hour hike begins by van ride to Ahu Akivi, the only place on the island where the moai are facing the sea. Continue by van until reaching the Te Peu platform to hike along steep cliffs with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, visit the Ana Kakenga Cave, a large tubular cavern formed by flowing lava. Finish this amazing hike at the Ahu Tahai, in Hanga Roa, where you find the only moai with coral eyes before returning to the lodge by van.


This moderate, 5.7-mile, 4-hour hike begins by van ride to Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping stone structures. Go up to the rim of the Rano Kau crater, the largest on the Island, and then hike to Orongo, an ancient ceremonial village where the Birdman competition took place.

Terevaka Anakena

This moderate, 6-mile hike takes 4 hours. Travel to Vaitea to begin your climb to Maunga Kuma and the Maunga Terevaka, the highest point on the island with a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire island and Pacific Ocean. Follow the path to Anakena along high coastal ridges, slowly descending, passing through various archaeological sites to arrive at Anakena Beach where you can swim and enjoy the shade of the palm groves.


This advanced, 5.1-mile hike takes 3.5 hours to view the 15 moai from above. Leave the lodge by van and head to Ahu Mahatua for a walk down a path along a steep cliff, passing Maunga Parehe and Maunga Tea-Tea, two small knolls on this area of the island. Along the way, see the Vai Aheva fountain and climb to the top of Maunga Pua Katiki, the highest point of the hike. Finish this spectacular hike with a steep descent to the Tongariki platform to view the 15 moai from above.

Featured Easter Island Biking Exploration: Tongariki

This moderate, 13.2-mile, 3-hour bicycle ride starts by leaving the lodge by bicycle, traveling along the coastal road with excellent examples of local agriculture. Continue towards the Ahu Tongariki, a platform with 15 intact moai. Complete today’s adventure with a refreshing swim in a natural lagoon on your ride back.

Featured Easter Island Sea Explorations


This half day journey to the islets begins with a drive by van to the coves of Hanga Otai or Hanga Piko, where you’ll embark by boat to the coastal caves. Enjoy panoramic views of the cliffs, Rano Kau and the Motus, small islets famous for the Birdman competition. Witnessing the crystal-clear water and beauty of Easter Island from the sea is sure to be a highlight of your stay.

Hi Ika

This artisanal fisheries tour travels to a local cove to embark on a traditional fishing boat with local fishermen who will teach you how to fish in the open sea using time-honored Rapa Nui techniques. Bring your red or glass-eye snapper back to the lodge to be cooked up by the chef for dinner.


Experience why the waters of Rapa Nui are famous for their clarity on this half-day tour. Sail to one of the best areas for snorkeling and search for corals, mollusks, crustaceans and tropical fish.

Additional Easter Island Cultural Exploration

Guests can occasionally enjoy dance presentations during their stay at the lodge, but for those travelers who want to attend the show put on by Kari-Kari, a traditional dance and folklore group, reservations can be made. These are available at additional cost, but transportation is provided.


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Day 4
Depart Explora Rapa Nui

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your included transfer takes you to the airport, or onto the next leg of your adventure. Easter Island is half-way to Tahiti; inquire with an Adventure Specialist for more details about extending your time in Chile, Australia or New Zealand.





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Inclusions, Terms & Notes


Transfer from and to the Hanga Roa Airport; accommodations; all meals, plus snacks and open bar; two half-day explorations or one full-day exploration with guides, daily; snorkeling and bike riding gear, trekking poles; entrance to nature reserves, national parks and archaeological sites; access to the pool, hot tub and leisure areas; WiFi in common areas.


International airfare, insurance of any kind, discretionary gratuities, spa or massage service, laundry, premium wines or other items of a personal nature; peak season/holiday surcharges (please contact AdventureSmith for details).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 30% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – full refund
60 to 30 days – $200 per room
29 to 10 days – 30% of total trip cost
9 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations’ Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Explora Rapa Nui adventure begns and ends in Mata Veri, Chile (IPC), via flight from Santiago, Chile or Papeete, Tahiti. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Mata Veri anytime on day 1; a representative will meet you based on your flight schedule and transfer you (15 minutes) to Explora Rapa Nui. Plan flights to depart Mata Veri anytime on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.


Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities enable guests to explore all corners of Easter Island, either by sea, bike, foot or van. Hikes and bike rides are among archaeological remains, volcanoes, beaches, prairies, and cliffs. Snorkeling and scuba diving expeditions explore under the world’s most pristine sea waters. A bilingual English or Spanish guide will accompany each group of up to eight guests. Provided gear includes walking sticks and leg protectors for hikes, and helmet, bike and water bottle for two-wheeled excursions.

Room Configuration

For the 2020-21 season, single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at one of the following supplements of the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability:
– 15% May 1 through September 30, 2020 and April 1 through 30, 2021
– 34% October 1 through December 21, 2020; January 6 through 30, 2021; and February 16 through March 31, 2021
– 70% December 22, 2020 through January 5, 2021 and for Tapati Festival January 31 through February 15, 2021.

Minimum 4-day stay January 31 through February 15. Minimum 5-day stay December 22 through January 5.

Families & Children

For the 2020-21 season, there are additional beds for children 3 to 11 when sharing their parent’s room. Maximum one extra bed per room and two children per adult. Children under the age of 3 are complimentary when sharing room with their parents. Please inquire for special rates for children ages 3-17 years old accompanying their parents, which are subject to availability. Rates for children aged 12-17 traveling with their parents are not valid December 22, 2020 through January 5, 2021 and during Tapati Festival (January 31 through February 15, 2021).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Details

Note that Low Season rates apply May 1-September 30, 2020 & April 1-30, 2021; High Season rates apply October 1-December 21, 2020 & January 6-30, 2021 & February 16-March 31, 2021; and Peak Season rates apply December 22, 2020-January 5, 2021 & January 31-February 15, 2021.

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Explora Rapa Nui Lodge, Chile

Explora Rapa Nui is a luxury lodge located on Easter Island. Exquisite dining, privileged grounds and over 30 unique explorations are how you will spend your time experiencing this magnificent area.


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Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Todd Smith • January 31st, 2017
Expert Review: Explora Rapa Nui

Travel to remote Rapa Nui, Easter Island, with AdventureSmith's founder who reviews his trip at the luxury basecamp Explora Rapa Nui.


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"Everything Was Great"

Explora at Rapa Nui was perfect. Fabulous food. Great service. The hikes were gorgeous and led well. It is really the best way to do this trip as the hikes are not available to others.

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